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Religious Contribution/ Achievements
During her life, Mother Teresa accomplished many achievements and made not only charitable but also religious contributions throughout the world. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious order which now consists of over 4,500 Sisters and over a million co-workers across 133 countries. The order focuses on the caring for the hungry, the homeless, refugees, the mentally ill, the sick, orphans, lepers, AIDS victims and the aged.
Before founding the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa undertook years of training to become a nun, taking her first vows in 1931 and her final vows in 1937. During this time she taught at St Mary’s High School in India, of which she then became principle in 1944, and in 1948 Mother Teresa obtained Indian citizenship. It was in 1950 that she was granted permission from the Vatican to establish the Missionaries of Charity, her greatest achievement and contribution. Teresa was recognised by many in India and in 1962, was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government. In 1969 she also received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding and in 1980 was awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. Also, in 1965 Mother Teresa was given Vatican permission to organise missions outside of India and soon the order had spread to 4 continents helping the less fortunate. In 1971 Teresa received the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize and uses the awarded $25,000 to help build a leper colony in India. In 1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
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